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Published on March 14th, 2013 | by Michael Mwai


GM launches the 6th generation Isuzu D-MAX in South Africa

Great news for all pick up aficionados! The all new Isuzu D-Max has been launched in Hoedspruit, South Africa for the Sub-Saharan market. Significantly bolder and more luxurious than the outgoing model, the pick-up promises to put up a fight against the competition to secure its market share in Kenya.


It comes in a choice of 3 engines. The base model single cabin version is powered by a 2.5-litre low-pressure turbo-diesel, with 58kW and 170Nm on tap. It may sound slightly underpowered but Isuzu claims that it is built for durability since it is a low stress engine. The double cabins are served with two engine options; a 85kW/280Nm 2.5-litre and a revised 3.0L D-TEQ engine that churns 13isuzu 2.5 engine0kW and 380Nm, up from 120kW and 360Nm. Isuzu claims a best-in-class fuel consumption figure of 7.7 litres per 100km for the 2.5 and 3-litre engines.

Load Space

The new single cabin D-Max boasts a significantly larger load box than most competitors. Unfortunately, the basic D-Max comes with no frills. It has a split bench seat covered in PVC upholstery and airbags, but no ABS. For the LE double cabin model, Isuzu have fitted the pick-up with remote central locking, electric windows and mirrors, a CD/MP3/USB/Aux sound system, bluetooth connectivity, an alarm, side steps, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and cloth-covered bucket seats in the front.

Creature Comforts

For those who desire two work and play with their double cabin pick ups, the avant-garde LX model offers many more goodies. These include; automatic climate control, a six-way electronically adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-covered multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, multi-information system as well as side and curtain airbags. On the outside it’s been garnished with a chrome grille and side mirrors. The D-Max in this spec sits on 17-inch alloys .isuzu dash plus steering








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Michael Mwai

Creator and founder of, is a respected motoring journalist and vehicle consultant based in East Africa. His passion for motoring has seen him pen a weekly column for local newspapers in Kenya for over a decade. He has written for the Standard Newspapers, Nation’s Business Daily and he contributes for Msafiri (KQ inflight), Kenya Yetu, True Love and SME Today magazines.

2 Responses to GM launches the 6th generation Isuzu D-MAX in South Africa

  1. Pingback: Motogari The Hottest cars in the market: Double-Cabin Pick-ups » Motogari

  2. Karumba says:

    Whats the current cost in the kenyan market for the double cabin!

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